National Lottery funded project is completed ready for First World War Centenary Armistice Day event
Essential repairs and refurbishment works to Grimsby’s Cenotaph have been completed ahead of the annual Armistice Day event. The council and its partner ENGIE received a National Lottery grant of £10,000 through the Heritage Lottery Fund’s First World War then and now programme.
The focus of the project was to repair and improve access to the Grimsby war memorial and to involve the community to research the history of local people involved in the war.
The war memorial, which is situated on the corner of Bargate and Eastwood Avenue, has had the following works completed:
- Memorial repair and refurbishment
- Removal of small bushes
- Cutting back of overgrown trees
- Additional paving laid to provide better viewing opportunities.
Access and viewing areas are now much improved around the cenotaph for all members of the community, including wheelchair users, who wish to pay their respects.
The team worked with National Citizen Service (NCS) volunteers and students from the Grimsby Institute of Higher and Further Education (GIFHE) to research local information and stories to create an interpretation board.
The board tells the story of the Grimsby Chums and this is now displayed at the Grimsby Cenotaph for visitors to the memorial to view.
This year the Armistice event is especially significant as it marks the centenary of the end of the First World War.
Councillor Peter Wheatley, portfolio holder for assets, said: “Every year people from all communities in our borough come together at the cenotaph to remember those that fought and paid the ultimate sacrifice for the freedom we enjoy.
“This year is especially poignant as it marks 100 years since the end of the First World War, and it is good to see that the monument will once again be looking its best.
“Thanks to support from National Lottery players this project has ensured not only that we will be able to continue to enjoy a monument that is fit to commemorate the fallen, but also that future generations will be able to come here and learn a little about the history behind the Grimsby chums.”
Alex Baxter, Armed Forces Champion, said: “The cenotaph has been restored to its former glory in time for this important centenary event and it is now accessible for all to take some time and remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice in both World Wars.”
Remembrance Day 2018
The Armistice Day celebration will take place on Sunday 11 November 2018.
The running order of the day’s celebrations is as follows:
0600 Pipers play at Cenotaph and WW1 War Graves for “The Battles Over”
0920 Grimsby Minster Remembrance day service followed by Parade to Cenotaph
1100 Remembrance Day Ceremony Grimsby Cenotaph
1130 Parade from Cenotaph to Westward Ho barracks
1800 Switch-on floodlight to illuminate the WW1 Roll of Honour
Ceremonial including Poem for Fallen, Tribute to the ‘Millions’
Last Post/First Gun
2 minute silence
1900 Second Gun/Reveille then Beacon Lighting & East Coast Elite Silver Buglers)
Beacons are lit followed by Pipers Lament (Flowers of the Forest)
1905 Bells Ring out for Peace (Grimsby Minster/ St Peters and other churches in the region)
Prayer for Peace and National Anthem
1920 Disperse – Roll of Honour will remain illuminated until 2000hrs